Volleyball blanks Bruins in one-sided Battle of the Boulevard

Volleyball blanks Bruins in one-sided Battle of the Boulevard

The Lipscomb women’s volleyball team swept archrivals Belmont by a 3-0 score on Tuesday. In the latest volleyball edition of the Battle of the Boulevard, the nickname for the rivalry between Lipscomb and Belmont athletics that has been contested since 1953, the Bisons took down the Bruins for the eighth consecutive time, tied with women’s tennis for the longest active winning streak for either side in any sport. For the second straight match, the clear offensive focal point was sophomore hitter Kam Bacus. An Edmond, Oklahoma native, Bacus accrued 17 kills to lead the Bisons on the night. Joining her with double digits in the kill category was fellow sophomore Meg Mersman, who contributed 10 of her own. Freshman Anna Aubele continued her impressive fledgling season with the Bisons, putting up six kills and a dig. Leading the team in digs were senior libero Delaney Smith with 11 and senior defensive specialist Logan Gish. Sophomore setter Delaney Dilfer continued to light up the scoreboard in the assist category as she has done since she first arrived in Nashville, putting up 34 assists and reaching the 30-assist mark for the seventh time in eight matches thus far. The Austin, Texas-born All-South Region and All-ASUN Freshman of the Year also landed two kills against the Bruins and five digs. With the win, Lipscomb advances to 2-6 on the year in one of their strongest-ever non-conference slates. Belmont drops to 2-5 after yet another loss to Lipscomb. The Bisons go back on the road for their final tournament weekend when they face St. John’s on Friday and Ohio on Saturday in the...
Men’s soccer earns third straight national ranking

Men’s soccer earns third straight national ranking

The Lipscomb men’s soccer team is ranked 22nd in the Week 3 NCAA Division I Top 25 released by United Soccer Coaches on Tuesday. After being unranked in preseason, the Bisons entered the ranking at #23 in Week One and made it to #21 in Week 2. This week, the team’s only match was a dramatic comeback from 3-1 down to earn a 3-3 draw at ETSU on Friday, marking the first week without a win for Lipscomb this year. The Bisons will make two more bids to stay undefeated on the year this week. They bring a 4-0-1 record into Tuesday night’s Battle of the Boulevard against Belmont followed by their ASUN opener at Bellarmine on...
Bisons, Bucs play to Sunday afternoon stalemate

Bisons, Bucs play to Sunday afternoon stalemate

The Lipscomb women’s soccer team drew with the East Tennessee State Buccaneers 1-1 on Sunday at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex in Nashville. Two golden goal overtime periods were not sufficient to find a winner after each side grabbed a goal in the first half. ETSU defender Raffaella Giuliano opened the scoring on a perfectly placed free kick. The graduate student from Italy picked out the top left corner on a 25-yard free kick on the right side of the goal, shooting across Bisons goalkeeper CJ Graham and beating her outstretched glove. That goal was Graham’s fifth allowed in 8 matches this year for Lipscomb. Graham, a sophomore from Swannanoa, North Carolina, added 7 saves to her total against the Bucs to reach 37 on the season. The home team would rectify the situation in the 36th minute when true freshman striker Shadia Valenzuela equalized. Valenzuela, a native of Buenaventura in the Colombian province of Cali, blasted a shot into the back of the ETSU net from close range, finishing off a quality service from fellow substitute Tori Wheeler on the left flank. Wheeler, a sophomore from Seattle, Washington, put up her first assist of the year in her seventh appearance this season. Despite a valiant effort from both sides, neither Lipscomb nor ETSU could find a goal after Valenzuela’s finish in the first 45. Sophomore defender Summer Ellmore came the closest for the Bisons, striking the post on a low effort inside the box. The Mount Juliet, Tennessee native found space at the top of the box and shot across freshman goalkeeper Shu Ohba’s goal, but a deflection from Ohba...
Corso in “disbelief” after Paralympics silver

Corso in “disbelief” after Paralympics silver

After a whirlwind of a summer ended on a Paralympic podium in Japan, freshman distance runner Liza Corso is only now giving herself time to reflect. “When I crossed the finish line and realized I came in second with a time that was 13 seconds better than my personal best, I was in a little bit of disbelief,” said Corso in an email conversation. Corso, diagnosed with albinism that makes her legally blind, finished second in the T13-class women’s 1500-meter final race in Tokyo on Aug. 28 after being ranked eighth in the field. “Once I had time for it to really sink in, I was just filled with joy and gratitude that God gave me the ability to not only run in the final but also get the silver medal,” said Corso. As a freshman in college, Corso was one of the youngest to compete in track and field at this year’s Paralympics in any event. She says her expectations were modest and that the result really did come as a surprise. “I was definitely not expecting to medal at my first Paralympic Games!” said Corso. “I had thoughts about how amazing it would be to medal, but I wasn’t focusing on it because I just wanted to have a good race,” said the Newmarket, New Hampshire native. In an email with Lumination before her race, she said her overarching goal was to inspire others rather than to secure a result. After her performance, she feels she’s been able to do both “This race taught me to never count yourself out and that God has greater things in...
Men’s soccer earns Top 25 ranking after dream weekend

Men’s soccer earns Top 25 ranking after dream weekend

The Lipscomb men’s soccer team was ranked #23 in the United Soccer Coaches Division I National Poll in the first rankings release of the season Tuesday. The poll ranks the top 25 soccer teams in NCAA Division I men’s soccer every week. After being unranked in the preseason poll a week ago, the Bisons won 2-1 in a marquee match against the UCLA Bruins in Los Angeles followed by a 4-0 thrashing of the San Diego Toreros in San Diego. “We had a great first weekend and I feel like we’ve only scratched the surface of how good this team can be,” said head coach Charles Morrow. “It’s a little early to get too excited about national rankings [since] there is still a lot of work to be done by this group.” “If we can stay healthy and continue the work that we have just begun with the hunger and attitude to get better every day, I think this group could do some really special things,” said Morrow. The in-form Bisons squad was also given the top spot in the Atlantic Region of the ranking, finishing just ahead of second-place UNC Wilmington and fellow ASUN Conference members Bellarmine and Central Arkansas, who are ranked third and fourth respectively. The Indiana Hoosiers lead the national ranking after Week 1. Aside from ranking college soccer teams, United Soccer Coaches provides materials like education, job forums, and a membership program for soccer coaches at a variety of levels. According to their website, the ranking is an “indicator of week-to-week status of qualified programs”. The ranking does not have any effect on qualification...